Cleanth Brooks (essay date 1977)
SOURCE: “Introduction,” in The Percy Letters: The Correspondence of Thomas Percy & William Shenstone, Yale University Press, 1977, pp. v-xxvii.
[In the following essay, Brooks provides an overview of Percy's correspondence with author William Shenstone, focusing particularly on Shenstone's assistance in the compilation of Percy's Reliques.]
The first extant letter of this correspondence is dated 24 November 1757. It is from Percy, and on it Shenstone has scribbled a note that reads: “Mr. Percy is domestic chaplain to the Earl of Sussex and has Genius and Learning, accompany'd with great Vivacity.” The note suggests that the...
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